Andhra Pradesh's TDP exits NDA

Gladys Abbott
March 16, 2018

Mr. Rao said Mr. Naidu had forged an alliance with the BJP as he believed that it would give what the State wanted after bifurcation but the ally considered it politically expedient to renege on its commitments.

On how the BJP views the situation, Hari Babu said: "As far as the BJP is concerned we treat the TDP as a friendly party even now".

The party is also set to move a no-confidence motion against the Central government. The party has also chose to support the YSR Congress Party's no-confidence motion in Parliament tomorrow.

The TDP's threat to move a no-confidence motion against the BJP comes after the YSR Congress made a decision to do the same against the Narendra Modi government. However, Jaitley rejected the demand of special category status saying "we have to think of the country as a whole".

On March 8, the TDP had pulled its two ministers-Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Y.S. Chowdary -out of the Union cabinet but had stopped short of walking out of the alliance.

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Telugu film star and Jana Sena Party president Pawan Kalyan had on Wednesday charged the Chandrababu Naidu government with converting the state into a "corrupt Andhra Pradesh" and warned it of repercussions in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

He said letters would go out to BJP leaders about the party's decision to exit the alliance. TDP had been expressing its unhappiness with the BJP over the last few weeks for not fulfilling the commitments made by the Centre to Andhra Pradesh after Telangana was carved out of it in 2014. The then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced in the Rajya Sabha on February 20, 2014, that following the division, the "successor State" of Andhra Pradesh would be treated as a "Special Category State" for five years from the date of its formation. He had alleged that Naidu was not doing so as he was afraid of "witch-hunting". The players in the game are in the state. "BJP is trying to replicate what it did in Tamil Nadu". Andhra Pradesh CMO also released a statement on TDP leaving the NDA. "Those who conspire will bite the dust", Naidu is learnt to have said.

Hours later, TDP leader Thota Narasimham moved a no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha.

However, continuous acrimonious scenes and slogan shouting yet again forced the Lok Sabha Speaker to adjourn the proceedings till 1200 hrs. TDP, which had initially backed a no-confidence motion in Parliament, has now chose to introduce a fresh no-confidence motion. Other YSRCP leaders, requesting anonymity, also said that the party will not budge from that demand.

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